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great food truck race season 5

The Great Food Truck Race is back for a fifth season this summer, with a brand-new cast of food truck hopefuls on a high-stakes culinary road trip with a new route from sunny Southern California to the beaches of Key West, Fla.

These contenders are not current food truck operators – they are eight teams of rookies who have food skills, fresh concepts, an entrepreneurial spirit and the dream to one day own a food truck business.

Each three-person team is provided a vehicle for the race, but only the grand-prize winner gets to keep their food truck and a $50,000 cash prize to start their business.

From Sonoran hot dogs in Tucson, Ariz. and Austin’s turbo-charged food scene in Texas to Oklahoma City burgers, hand-rolled ravioli in St. Louis and Alabama’s shrimpin’ country in Mobile, each team’s cooking and sales strategies are put to the test in city-specific challenges in every location. Hosted by Tyler Florence, the seven-episode series premieres on Sunday, August 17(th) at 9pm ET/PT.

“Watching these young entrepreneurs hit the road to test their cooking skills and marketing savvy against the backdrop of different cities and food cultures is inspiring and entertaining,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. “The food truck industry has become a very viable way to enter the culinary world, and we love giving the winner the keys to their new career.”

This season’s teams are:

  • Beach Cruiser (Venice, Calif.)
  • Chatty Chicken Truck (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
  • Gourmet Graduates (Providence, R.I.)
  • Let There Be Bacon (Cleveland)
  • Lone Star Chuck Wagon (Houston)
  • Madres Mexican Meals (Norwalk, Calif.)
  • Middle Feast (Los Angeles)
  • Military Moms (Fort Drum, N.Y.)

In the first episode, the eight teams arrive in Santa Barbara, Calif. and Tyler greets them each with their own customized food truck, but only the winning team will walk away with the keys and $50,000 in cash. In the first challenge, the teams must define their brands and create a signature dish to sell in Santa Barbara.

After an afternoon of sales, Tyler sends them to Venice Beach where their dishes are tasted by Sabin Lomac and Jim Tselikis of Cousins Maine Lobster, a top Los Angeles food truck.

The rookies quickly learn running a food truck is much harder than it looks, and the seven surviving teams realize they are in for the ride of their lives as they continue to battle it out for the ultimate prize.

From the west coast starting point, the route then takes the teams to Tucson, Ariz.; Austin, Texas; Oklahoma City; St. Louis and Mobile, Ala. — leading up to a tri-city Florida finale in Tampa, Naples and Key West.

Mobile Cuisine will be running a Twitter chat #FoodTruckChat during each episode with our account @FoodTruckChat.

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Interested in getting your food truck business some exposure to a National Network? You have a chance now.

As we mentioned yesterday, season one is in the can for this new program and food trucks are part of it.

On “Restaurant Startup” restaurateur and TV personality Joe Bastianich and chef and restaurant operator, Tim Love, vie against each other to invest their own money in food concepts they believe will make them millions. Each week, two teams will make their case to our investors, Joe Bastianich and Tim Love, for a shot at launching a temporary version of their great concept for a restaurant or a specialty food shop. Then we’ll open the doors and test the concept on the public. At the end of the process, our two investors will decide whether or not they will put their own money on the line to make someone’s dreams come true.

If this all interests you, send along your name, the name of your city, “culinary credentials,” a brief bio and a current photo to restaurantprojectcasting@gmail.com. Or you can take a look at the casting flyer below for more details:

Restaurant startup casting

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“Restaurant Startup” is on a quest to discover, invest in and launch America’s next great culinary concepts. Restaurateur and TV personality Joe Bastianich and chef and restaurant operator, Tim Love, vie against each other to invest their own money in food concepts they believe will make them millions. Each week, two teams pitch our investors, Bastianich and Love, for a shot at launching a temporary version of their great concept for a restaurant or a specialty food shop.

The chosen team is given the keys to a working restaurant on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. They get 36 hours and $7,500 to put their dream to the test and launch a pop-up restaurant; come up with a branding campaign; and write a business plan. Under the watchful eye of Joe and Tim’s culinary consultant, Waylynn Lucas, the aspiring food moguls open their doors, serve their food and test their concept on the public. At the end of the process, our two investors will decide whether or not they will put their own money on the line to make someone’s dream come true and, hopefully, make big money for themselves.

07/15/14: RESTAURANT STARTUP #102 – A Truck Load of Money

Bastianich and Love are fascinated by the ever-growing success of food trucks. First up, they hear from Baby’s Badass Burgers, owned by two women, with a ton of experience in the Los Angeles food world, who want to evolve their sexy burger food truck into something bigger, something that can be franchised. Then, they hear the single ingredient concept of Bacon Bacon, where Jim, the owner, has created a massive following in San Francisco, with his bacon themed menu. But can one of these successful concepts translate into a brick and mortar restaurant?

The series premiere of CNBC’s “Restaurant Startup” will air on July 8th at 10PM ET/PT. The season consists of 8 one-hour episodes.

 

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When the proprietor of their favorite food truck is murdered, Shawn and Gus take it about as poorly as you might expect from two fans of delicious flavor, in a new scene from next week’s Psych.

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In the episode, titled “Shawn and Gus Truck Things Up,” the pair are called to a scene where a number of food trucks are gathered, providing them a ready list of competitors to be suspects in a twist on the typical convention of having the murder take place at work or a professional gathering where all of the players are present.

From the preview photos, you can see that the duo take over one of the trucks in the course of the investigation–a perfect setting to give the pair a lot of alone time to discuss the revelations of last episode as they gear up for the series’ endgame ahead of its March 26 finale.

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Hey Austin! Burton Casting (www.burtoncasting.com) is casting duos for Food Network’s new competition show Food Truck Faceoff! Win a 1 year lease on your very own food truck! We are casting in Austin February 5th so apply asap!

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Have you ever dreamed of owning and operating your very own Food Truck? Do you have the passion, talent and the drive? Do you wish you just had the means to finally do it? Do you have a great idea for a food truck in your area and the best recipes to make it a success? This could be your chance to finally make your dreams come true.

FOOD TRUCK FACE OFF puts 4 teams of 2 in a head-to-head battle to win their own FOOD TRUCK! The winner of each episode will win a one-year lease of their very first food truck!! We are looking for teams of two from all walks of life who haven’t owned a food truck or a restaurant before. We’re looking for home chefs, line cooks, prep cooks, foodies, bakers, recent culinary grads, etc. The teams should be duos with great chemistry and a shared desire to co-own their very first food truck. FOOD TRUCK NEWBIES ONLY!!!! 

Austin Auditions will be on February 5th, 2014.

To apply, please visit www.foodtruckfaceofftv.com

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NEW YORK, NY - Attention, Downton Abbey aficionados: Tighten your corsets and ready your bow ties, because you have a high tea to attend.

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We won’t be reuniting with the Crawleys until next month, but fans can get a taste of what’s to come in Season 4 this week. According to Variety, PBS is sending a Downton Abbey tea truck out onto the streets of New York City.

The vehicle will be making several stops in Manhattan throughout the week, offering free crumpets, hot tea and photos with a backdrop of Highclere Castle. Unfortunately, N.Y.C. is the only place on this side of the pond the truck plans to stop.

Fans outside New York can still raise a cup to the costume drama’s return by purchasing one of The Republic of Tea’s special Downton brews or—for something with a little more kick—a bottle of Downton Abbey Bordeuex wine. Just remember: Pinkies up.

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Do you have a great idea that would make an amazing and fun food truck business in your area & the best recipes to make it a success? This could be your chance to win your very own food truck and a jump start to a money making food truck business, but first you have to compete and win in this new fun reality TV series for Food Network!

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“FOOD TRUCK FACE OFF” puts 4 teams in a head-to-head battle to win their own FOOD TRUCK! The winner of each episode will win a one-year lease of their very first food truck!! We are looking for teams of two from all walks of life who haven’t owned a food truck or a restaurant before. We’re looking for home chefs, line cooks, prep cooks, foodies, bakers, recent culinary grads, or even a natural in the kitchen with a great recipe idea, etc. The teams should be fun duos with great chemistry and a shared desire to co-own their very first food truck. FOOD TRUCK ROOKIES ONLY!!!!

We are casting in Miami, Los Angeles, Austin and Toronto. Don’t miss out! APPLY NOW!

AUDITION DATES:

Miami Auditions are November 23-24
LA Auditions are November 26-27
Toronto Auditions are TBD
Austin Auditions are TBD

To apply, please visit http://www.foodtruckfaceofftv.com

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tyler-florenceEven though he’s never operated a food truck of his own, Food Network’s Tyler Florence knows a thing or two about what it takes to make it work. He’s the host of the network’s Great Food Truck Race, which will be premiering its fourth season Sunday, Aug. 18, at 9 p.m. This season, eight teams will fight for the grand prize of $50,000 as well as their very own food truck. The first challenge will have them selling their signature dish in Beverly Hills, Calif., for $20 each, and the second will bring them to San Francisco, where they’ll be selling a different dish; whoever sells the least over the two challenges will be sent home.

“This is hands-down the best race we ever had,” Florence told us. We had some really talented chefs with good food ideas, practicing their craft.”

The competitors have challenges thrown at them along the way as well, but they’re not just ones that are chosen at random. “We only give them well-researched problems that you can bump into when you run a food truck,” Florence said. “We want to make sure they they’re vetted, that they’re smart and hungry, and that they’re better than their competitors. It’s really like a boot camp for them, and it’s always amazing to watch them grow and learn over the course of the competition.”

The show has done a great job of tapping into the zeitgeist of this burgeoning food truck phenomenon, which has taken over the country in recent years, but when it first premiered, Florence was met with a lot of skepticism. “Folks initially were telling me that they just didn’t understand; why would we want to do a show about the trucks that are near construction sites? But we’ve seen it become a huge trend, and a great way to celebrate local entrepreneurs,” he added.

Find the entire interview  by Dan Myers at TheDailyMeal.com <here>

Join us Sunday, August 18 at 9 PM ET / 8 PM CT on Twitter #FoodTruckChat

We’ll be discussing the first episode of The Great Food Truck Race as it debuts…LIVE!!!

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Kevin Sbraga - top chefKevin Sbraga, the New Jersey native, “Top Chef” winner and Philadelphia restaurateur, is hoping to add food personality to his resume: The Willingboro native has shot a pilot for his own food show in which he plays a Robert Irvine-type troubleshooter for problem food trucks. The title is — drumroll, please — “Get Trucked.”

The pilot will air Aug. 15 at 9 p.m. on the “Cooking Channel.”

No word yet on whether the show will be picked up.

Though Sbraga has done his time on his father’s lunch truck, today his dishes are much more upscale than typical food truck fare. His eponymous restaurant, which opened on Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts in 2011, features seasonal Modern American fare with global influences, such as his calamari with black yucc and salsa verde, roast pork with provolone bread pudding, and curry tapioca pudding.

Find the original article by Vicki Hyman at The Star-Ledger  <here>

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Tyler Florence, host of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race. (PRNewsFoto/Food Network)

NEW YORK, NY - The Great Food Truck Race kicks off season four with a brand-new cast of food truck hopefuls, who hit the road for the longest route in series history (4,181 miles) and exciting culinary challenges that celebrate the country’s national landmarks from the Hollywood sign to South Dakota’s Crazy Horse Memorial to Chicago’s iconic Buckingham Fountain to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. These competitors are not current food truck operators — they are eight teams of talented cooks with unique concepts and a dream to one day operate their own food truck business. Each three-person team is provided a vehicle for the race, but only the grand-prize winner gets to keep their food truck and a $50,000 cash prize to start their business. Hosted by Tyler Florence, the seven-episode series premieres on Sunday, August 18(th) at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network.

“We love the world of food trucks because they’ve opened up a low cost entryway for aspiring culinary talent to succeed without a traditional restaurant,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. “Our competitors have to demonstrate top-notch cooking abilities and an entrepreneur’s creativity and business skills. It all makes for a food-filled road trip that delivers a life-changing grand prize to the winner.”

The season’s teams are: Aloha Plate (Los Angeles, Maui and Oahu, Hawaii), Boardwalk Breakfast Empire (Sea Bright, N.J.), Bowled and Beautiful (Los Angeles), Frankfootas (New York), Murphy’s Spud Truck (Los Angeles), Philly’s Finest Sambonis (Philadelphia), The Slide Show (Los Angeles) and Tikka Tikka Taco (St. Louis).

In the season premiere, host Tyler Florence greets the eight teams in Los Angeles under the iconic Hollywood sign, and each team sees their custom-made truck for the first time. For their first challenge, he sends them to posh Beverly Hills for a contest in upscale sales: each team can only sell one signature dish on their menu — but that dish must be sold for at least $20 each. Tyler and the teams then head 380 miles north to San Francisco, where the trucks must pick a different signature dish to sell exclusively. The team that earns the least amount with their two signature dishes is sent home. The route then sends the trucks to Portland, Pocatello, Idaho; Rapid City, S.D.; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Chicago, featuring guest stars Mayor Rahm Emanuel and legendary football coach Mike Ditka; and Washington D.C., where the life-changing grand prize is awarded in the season finale.

For even more Food Trucks, viewers can visit FoodNetwork.com/FoodTrucks for photo galleries, blogs and video clips.

The Great Food Truck Race is produced by Relativity Television.

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SOURCE: Food Network

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